Like most schoolboys, Capricorn Research resented exams. It seemed really unfair that they were scheduled just as the early summer weather was beckoning you outside.
With the benefit of hindsight, I now realise that such an utterly pointless assimilation and regurgitation of information had to be performed while the Sun was in Gemini.
The only advantage was that every 4 years, study leave coincided with the World Cup. And the greatest tournament ever, in Mexico in 1970 dovetailed nicely with my ‘ O ‘ levels.
The matches began at 5.00 and 9.00 pm, British Summer Time which was perfect as I never had to miss a kick.
Unlike Pele, who in Brazil’s semi final, sold the Uruguay keeper the most outrageous dummy ever seen in football, continuing to run straight past him as the ball went the other way, only to turn in an enormous arc to retrieve the ball and finally send it inches past the far post.
In many ways the funniest thing about it was that he didn’t score, as if the great master wouldn’t sink so low as to care about the actual end product.
If there is anyone out there who hasn’t seen it – Pele Dummy
To honour the spectacle, I celebrated the following morning in similar style during my exam, by ignoring the paper altogether and dreaming of the Selecao. I got a Grade 9.
I’m not sure whether Bill Shankly was right when he said football was more important than life or death, but up against a Biology O Level, there was no contest.
And just to prove it, I offer the chart for the moment.
Mercury in Gemini, a symbol of exams if ever there was one is sitting in the opponents 7th house, completely overshadowed by an opposition to a rising Moon in Sagittarius, naturally symbolising the audacity and simple wisdom of the beautiful game.
Of course this chart had much more to do with Pele’s actual dummy than Capricorn Research’s revision plans.
Mercury in Gemini is symbolic of moving in two directions at once and the outrageous optimism of the piece is neatly characterised by the Moon in Sagittarius.
The Sun is also in Gemini in square to Pluto showing the explosive and dramatic impact of Pele’s incredible move.
Fast forward 4 years, and Capricorn Research was pretending to revise for a Business Studies diploma whilst actually watching the following tournament in Germany.
Again two matches per day was the required revision, but this tournament was immortalised by a piece of skill even more breathtaking.
Again we have the Gemini / Sagittarius combination, but here the Sun and Moon are in the sign of the Twins.
Johan Cruyff’s remarkable 180 degree twist was such a feat of contortionism and sheer double jointedness, that it could only occur when both lights were in the constantly moving, ultra adaptable Gemini.
The flamboyance of the move is shown by the opposition of the Moon to the Sagittarius Ascendant and the impact is symbolised by the resulting T square to an apex Jupiter in Pisces.
It is simply the noblest, grandest, most extravagant ( apex Jupiter ) move in the game for the feet ( in Pisces ).
Sadly this week has seen the death of Johann Cruyff. The many eulogies claiming that he had the greatest impact on the football world of any player are accurate.
The Mercury / Mars conjunction is one that is shared by many players with exceptional technical skills.
Lionel Messi, Eric Cantona and Zinedine Zidane are to name just a few.
To have it in the simple, direct sign of Aries says a lot about Cruyff’s approach to football, both as a player and manager.
Speed, sheer skill and extraordinary movement were combined with an understanding that the game was played primarily in the head ( all Arien traits ).
In the 1970s most footballers still thought of their vocation as a physical one and lump it up to the big man was very much the in vogue way of paying. For Cruyff, quick thinking was the thing.
His peak as a player coincided with Pluto’s passage through his T Square between 1971 when it opposed his Venus to 1978 when it opposed Mercury. Pluto’s square to his Moon occurred in 1972 – 3.
As a player he won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. His team, Ajax won the European Cup three years in succession in 71 – 73.
In the summer of 73, Barcelona broke the world transfer record to buy Cruyff. They won La Liga for the first time in 12 years. Ajax had to wait another 22 years to win the European Cup again.
In 1985, Cruyff turned his hand to management at Ajax. Pluto was opposite his Sun.
Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were all working through his T Square from 1988 when he took over at Barcelona to 1992 when he led them to their first European Cup win.
He established the Barcelona academy and style of play that has come to fruition over the last few years and produced what many people regard as the finest club side of all time.
Nowadays school exams still happen in Gemini, but World Cups are a strictly Cancerian affair. Which basically means that bamboozling individual pieces of skill like the Pele Dummy and Cruyff Turn are consigned to the past. They have been replaced by a ultra defensive, hard shell, borefest with teams like England moving Crab like, slowly sideways.
Thank God we still have Johann Cruyff’s Barcelona.